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Top picks of 2023!

A doctoral student providing life-saving CPR. Faculty members conducting cutting-edge research — and one even elected president of a national professional organization. Some of our nation’s most pressing wastewater challenges tackled by a PHHP alumnus. These are only a few of the newsroom’s most popular stories from 2023. See how our community is going greater across the Gator Nation and beyond.

Top Stories

PHHP achieves record research funding

College investigators received grants from a mix of federal, state, non-profit and industry partners.

The new awards support studies on a broad range of important health topics such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, environmental health, HIV, infection control, spinal cord injury, stroke, substance use, and many more

The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions achieved a new high in research funding, receiving $54.8 million in grants and awards in fiscal year 2022-2023. The total represents a 23% increase in funding over the previous year.

“To be awarded these highly-competitive grants our faculty need to demonstrate that their research is at the cutting-edge of science,” said Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., M.P.H., dean of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. “Our researchers’ success in competing for funding validates that their work has the real potential to change the lives of people, from individual patients to global communities, through disease prevention, early detection and treatment, and limiting the impact of chronic illness.” Read the full story here…


Dr. Ji-Hyun Lee elected American Statistical Association president

ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians, with more than 19,000 members in more than 90 countries.

“In this data-driven era, we need a clear strategy to ensure our members are leaders and well-represented in science, medicine, society and policy efforts.”

Members of the American Statistical Association elected Ji-Hyun Lee, DrPH, a professor of biostatistics in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, president of ASA for the 2025 term. Read the full story here…

Student Spotlight

When seconds count

How an OTD student’s CPR training made a difference

"If there’s ever a situation again where I could use my background in health education and skills as an OT student to be of assistance, I definitely would.”

Genesis Triplett, a Doctor of Occupational Therapy student in the department of occupational therapy, provided life-sustaining CPR to a neighbor in need, thanks to an alert from the Pulse Point Foundation mobile app. Read the full story here…

News Briefs

Feedback Fruits

PHHP staff member Lior Flum leads launch of new university-wide group member evaluation tool

“While I was the one that applied for the grant, it was really the students and faculty who made it all possible."

Lior Flum, PHHP instructional designer, identified a need for a better classroom group evaluation tool. He applied for and was awarded the competitive UF Tech Fee grant for educational innovation utilizing technology.

Now, Feedback Fruits, an evaluation tool that is constructive, easy-to-use and integrates seamlessly within the Canvas system, is being launched university wide. Read full story here…

Alumni Spotlight

Increasing access to safe sanitation systems

Zach Lowenstein, M.P.H., is leading a federal initiative in wastewater management to protect the public health of at-risk communities.

"It has been both eye-opening and humbling to oversee an initiative like this. I have traveled to many of the 11 communities that are part of this initiative and have met with folks experiencing significant wastewater challenges in their own backyards."

More than two million Americans have limited access to safe wastewater and sanitation systems. This gap in access disproportionately impacts rural communities, individuals living in poverty, and people of color. As a program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Zach Lowenstein heads a joint initiative between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap.” This project will directly address wastewater needs in underserved communities nationwide. Read the full story here…

In the News

What's behind the 'middle-aged groan'?

Meryl Alappattu, D.P.T., Ph.D., a research assistant professor of physical therapy and faculty member in the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence, weighs in.

“As you brace yourself, make sure you do so in a slow, controlled manner and practice slowing your breath, as opposed to letting it all out at once.”

Meryl Alappattu talks with the New York Times about the sounds we make when we bend over, stand up and sit down. Read the full story here…